July 16, 2008

GNEs and GDS bypass

I just returned from a two week business trip to the Middle East working with a client in Kuwait. I’ve fallen behind again in my blog entries and I will try to rectify that over the next few days. First up, a discussion of a recent article in Flight Magazine about demise of the so called “GNEs” (GDS New Entrants […]
June 17, 2008

SITA Air Transport IT Summit

I am in Brussels today speaking at the SITA Air Transport Summit. My talk is part of session called “Getting ready for your digital traveler”. I will be speaking on Mobile based services in travel- where are we today ? Challenges and opportunities”.I was fortunate to share a van ride this morning with Yemmi Agbebi, Director of Portfolio Marketing from […]
June 12, 2008

Airline Ancillary Revenue and the Long Tail

This week I am London and I had the pleasure of presenting to and participating in the Datalex User Group meeting. Datalex who has been a Travel Tech client for many years, provides a distribution platform to airlines and travel agencies. The audience consisted of major carriers and travel distributors. One of the hottest topics we discussed is the concept […]
May 25, 2008

Is History Repeating Itself with Google Android?

I am old enough to remember the early days of personal computing. In fact the first Mac I worked on did not have its own hard drive and thus required switching out floppies to do any simple computing task. My first non-Mac “personal” computer was a suitcase sized Compaq which ran DOS and Lotus 1-2-3. The advantage of the Mac […]
April 28, 2008

QuickMobile

I had the opportunity to attend the Dow Jones Wireless Innovation Conference last week in Redwood Shores, CA. The event is primarily designed to connect new mobile start-ups with funding, but the show had some interesting panels where today’s hot mobile topics where debated (e.g. open systems, Internet devices, LBS). More on panel discussions coming soon in later blog entries. […]
April 18, 2008

Microsoft acquires Farecast

Yesterday’s disclosure that Microsoft had acquired Farecast was a surprise to many in the travel industry. Is this a new online travel initiative from the original creators of Expedia? Will Farecast be integrated into Microsoft’s Live Search? First a bit of background. I was first introduced to Oren Etzioni through my client Fetch Technologies. This was back in 2002 when […]